Friday, June 13, 2008

Egypt bans 92-year-old's marriage to 17 year old

This is making me gag ... ugh! Just the thought ... I am glad that sometimes common sense prevails. However, there seems to be a way around this too - all it needs is large amounts of cash!

Women who are proposed to, and have the right to refuse, should consider just how lucky they are! I am one of them and I thank my lucky stars every day. In my case it would have been just as easy to not have this choice. An educated and emancipated family made all the difference.

The Egyptian authorities have banned a 92-year-old man from marrying a 17-year-old girl, the Egyptian al-Akhbar newspaper has reported. The ministry of justice invoked a law which says the age gap between spouses should not exceed 25 years. Not much is known about the 92-year-old man who tried to marry an Egyptian girl of 17 except that he is an Arab from the Gulf.

An Egyptian justice official said by refusing to endorse their marriage it would now be impossible for the girl to travel abroad with her husband. However, in special cases, the justice ministry does allow foreign men to marry Egyptian women more than 25 years their junior if they deposit a very large sum of money in the name of their wife at the Egyptian National Bank. (Link)


Anonymous said...

Well, I'm certainly in favor of you having the choice not to marry a 92 year old. But doesn't feminism include the choice to say YES to a 92 year old if you so choose? This law seems paternalistic, and you seem to want everyone to choose as YOU would.

Anonymous said...

Yeah ... like a 17 year old would want to marry a 92 year old ... for love!